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September 12, 2012 | By Kate Bernot, @kbernot and RedEye
When was the last time you were out for dinner, sharing wine with a few friends over delicious food, only to stand up and realize you were a bit tipsier than you thought? Been there. Done that. Chugged some water in the bathroom. No biggie. Generally this type of overindulgence happens at a casual BYO - not during a $500 dinner. Recently my boyfriend and I were out on a date at a special occasion restaurant - one of those rare dinners that involves high heels and strict budgeting for a month to afford it. We sat down around the same time as the table of four next to us, but they were clearly...
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February 17, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Bradley Cooper knows how to work a talk-show audience - and apparently Washington, D.C., movers and shakers. The "American Hustle" actor admitted to Ellen DeGeneres that he went commando during the recent White House State Dinner - much to the delight of her studio audience. Cooper explained that he has gained so much weight for a new movie that "nothing fits me anymore. " "I wore the tuxedo I wore to the Golden Globes. I just sort of threw it in the bag, and brought it and went to Washington, D.C. I'm getting dressed 10 minutes before I'm supposed to go. " ...
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July 3, 2012
Chicagoans looking for a taste of the Parisian lifestyle should mark their calendars for July 16. That's the day tickets for this summer's pop-up dinner event known as Chicago in White go on sale to the general public, according to the event's website. The event is an imitation of Paris' Diner en Blanc, gathering diners dressed entirely in white to a large public place, bringing their own tables and chairs for the feast. What may be more surprising than seeing a crowd of diners dressed in white is the fact that this event (tickets for which cost $30)
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December 13, 2013 | By Samantha Nelson and For RedEye
If you're hoping to ring in the New Year somewhere more exciting than your buddy's apartment, it's time to get planning. From a romantic dinner for two to a massive themed bash to hit with your entire crew, this list of early warnings has you covered for Dec. 31 revelry. DECADENT FETES New Year's Eve at Hot Chocolate 1747 N. Damen Ave. 773-489-1747 Owner Mindy Segal spent her honeymoon this fall in Paris and now she's bringing the romance and food of France to her Bucktown restaurant with a menu including lobster bisque, dover sole, steak frites and tiramisu.
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October 2, 2013 | By Samantha Nelson, @samanthanelson1 and For RedEye
Ice3 owner Erika Stone-Miller isn't interested in serving ice cream during the winter, so she's put her food truck in storage and is preparing to open The Octagon Mode in Ravenswood on Oct. 11. Not a traditional restaurant, the space at 1509 W. Lawrence Ave. will host dinner parties several times a week, mostly on Fridays and Saturdays, where about 12 to 18 people will mingle and dine at communal tables. "This kind of dinner is for people who want to be social," Stone-Miller said.
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January 20, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett and RedEye
Jam 3057 W. Logan Blvd. 773-292-6011 Hours: 7 a.m.-9 p.m. daily Rating: !!! (out of 4) Off to a good start Telling your friends, "I'm going to Jam in Logan Square," sounds like you're going to some kind of underground concert. But the Jam I'm talking about is the beloved BYOB breakfast and lunch restaurant that drew rabid weekend crowds in its previous (now closed) location in Ukrainian Village. A new location opened to the public on Monday just off the Blue Line in Logan Square.
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February 7, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett and RedEye
Surf and turf for less than $30? For thousands of hungry diners looking to try a new restaurant on a budget, that's the appeal of Chicago Restaurant Week. Organized by the Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau, the fifth annual event runs Feb. 17-26 and enlists participating restaurants - more than 200 in the city and suburbs this year - to offer a three-course lunch for $22, three-course dinner for $33 or an upgraded dinner option for $44 (tax, gratuity and beverages not included). But with so many participating restaurants, it can be hard to navigate.
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March 22, 2013 | By Julia Borcherts for RedEye and For RedEye
EAT The Old Farm Pop-Up Dinner Leopold 1450 W. Chicago Ave. 312-348-1028 Toast the new week with a Koval Distillery cocktail reception; then, move into a multi-course dinner featuring sunny-side quail eggs with duck fat biscuit and sweetbread gravy, venison with sunchoke, juniper and dandelion greens and more prepared with Koval spirits. A post-dinner toast with chef Michael Dean Reynolds and guest chef Brian Runge (formerly of Premise) concludes the evening.
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November 21, 2012 | By Erin Vogel @eringejuice and For RedEye
Here's how some Chicago colleges are celebrating Thanksgiving students who remain on campus. Columbia College: Columbia will participate in the Thanksgiving Fellowship program run by the International House at the University of Chicago for eight international students to spend their Thanksgiving holiday with an American family in Southern Illinois. Northwestern University is also doing a similar program called Host an International, where university staff, faculty and students open their homes to international students on Thanksgiving.
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January 17, 2013 | By Erin Vogel @eringejuice and For RedEye
University of Chicago freshman and "tentative" economics major Robert Lipman has the same time and financial constraints as any other college student attending a demanding university, but he still finds time to cook gourmet-style meals for his fellow students at an underground restaurant he started in the fall. Once a month, 19-year-old Lipman is the lead chef at The Hearth, preparing elaborate, multi-course meals modeled after recipes from his favorite award-winning restaurants, with menus planned around specific themes.
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December 1, 2013 | By Stephen Markley, @stephenmarkley and For RedEye
Because everyone from Chicago is actually from Ohio, none of us actually spends Thanksgiving here. This was my first year staying in the city for the holiday. You see, there are amazing benefits to Thanksgiving in Chicago. During a so-called "Friendsgiving," you do not have to cringe at your drunk, racist uncle/aunt/grandma/whoever while thinking, "God, I hate Thanksgiving. " If you have Thanksgiving in Chicago, you can go out the night before. Blackout Wednesday means you can cripple your friends' plans for 7 a.m. buses and flights.
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November 25, 2013 | By Samantha Nelson and For RedEye
Former Sepia general manager Chris Pappas and The Dawson designer Dan Sheehy are partnering to open The Winchester in Ukainian Village. Located in a building Pappas owns at 1001 N. Winchester, the restaurant will begin serving breakfast and lunch before Christmas and eventually will also offer dinner. “There was a hole in the neighborhood for what we want to do here -- basically a cafe by day with some nice grab-and-go breakfast items that rolls into lunch and dinner,” Pappas said.
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November 21, 2013 | By Samantha Nelson and For RedEye
Just think how delectable a holiday meal with family or friends would be if you didn't have to A) grocery shop B) actually cook everything and C) clean up when it's all over. Whether you're looking for a place to share a Feast of the Seven Fishes or Christmas Day dinner or a decadent Christmas Day brunch, local restaurants are busting out special menus to make your holidays a lot happier. Christmas Day at Nomi Kitchen 800 N. Michigan Ave. 312-239-4030 Time: 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 25 Price: $125; $38 for kids If the price tag seems steep,...
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November 20, 2013 | By Annie Reed, @annie_e_313 and For RedEye
If you're a transplant like me, you simply cannot make it home to spend all the holidays with the fam. This is not necessarily a bad thing. If it boils down to Thanksgiving or Christmas, many of us will choose to head home for the latter. This does not mean you should spend Thanksgiving alone. Au contraire, Thanksgiving is the time to get together with your urban family ... and get rip-roaring drunk. In my urban family, this tradition has come to be known as Wine Teeth. It started seven years ago, with a dialogue that went something like this: Me: Hey dude,...
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October 2, 2013 | By Samantha Nelson, @samanthanelson1 and For RedEye
Ice3 owner Erika Stone-Miller isn't interested in serving ice cream during the winter, so she's put her food truck in storage and is preparing to open The Octagon Mode in Ravenswood on Oct. 11. Not a traditional restaurant, the space at 1509 W. Lawrence Ave. will host dinner parties several times a week, mostly on Fridays and Saturdays, where about 12 to 18 people will mingle and dine at communal tables. "This kind of dinner is for people who want to be social," Stone-Miller said.
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September 26, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
Review : Honey Butter Fried Chicken 3361 N. Elston Ave. 773-478-4000 Rating : 3 1/2 (out of four)   "You should know that I'm currently eating a bowl of chicken cracklings. " That's how Joshua Kulp, chef and co-owner of Honey Butter Fried Chicken, interrupts his business partner and fellow chef Christine Cikowski during our 10:30 a.m. phone call. This breakfast of champions isn't the first piece of evidence that the duo is chicken-obsessed. Kulp and Cikowski already had a successful, seven-year-old supper...
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November 25, 2013 | By Samantha Nelson and For RedEye
Former Sepia general manager Chris Pappas and The Dawson designer Dan Sheehy are partnering to open The Winchester in Ukainian Village. Located in a building Pappas owns at 1001 N. Winchester, the restaurant will begin serving breakfast and lunch before Christmas and eventually will also offer dinner. “There was a hole in the neighborhood for what we want to do here -- basically a cafe by day with some nice grab-and-go breakfast items that rolls into lunch and dinner,” Pappas said.
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June 8, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett, RedEye
One of three chefs with Chicago ties on Bravo's"Around the World in 80 Plates"reached the end of the road Wednesday night. On a show of big personalities, travel agent-turned-chef Gary Walker proved himself a reliable supplier of one-liners and a steady source of entertainment for fans. The ladies of the Kappa Phi Delta sorority house at Illinois Institute of Technology, where Walker worked as a chef before filming the show, even got a shout-out when he chugged beer during a pub crawl challenge on the show's first episode filmed in London.
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March 22, 2013 | By Julia Borcherts for RedEye and For RedEye
EAT The Old Farm Pop-Up Dinner Leopold 1450 W. Chicago Ave. 312-348-1028 Toast the new week with a Koval Distillery cocktail reception; then, move into a multi-course dinner featuring sunny-side quail eggs with duck fat biscuit and sweetbread gravy, venison with sunchoke, juniper and dandelion greens and more prepared with Koval spirits. A post-dinner toast with chef Michael Dean Reynolds and guest chef Brian Runge (formerly of Premise) concludes the evening.
NEWS
January 17, 2013 | By Erin Vogel @eringejuice and For RedEye
University of Chicago freshman and "tentative" economics major Robert Lipman has the same time and financial constraints as any other college student attending a demanding university, but he still finds time to cook gourmet-style meals for his fellow students at an underground restaurant he started in the fall. Once a month, 19-year-old Lipman is the lead chef at The Hearth, preparing elaborate, multi-course meals modeled after recipes from his favorite award-winning restaurants, with menus planned around specific themes.
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